The UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef is part of the Institute For Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef worldwide reefing project. Co-created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim, the Crochet Coral Reef responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. The project, both beautiful and blighted, highlights not only the damage humans do to the earth’s environment, but also our power for collective creative action.
Join us for an eight-month crocheting effort, culminating in April 2017, which will result in an exhibit of the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center opening May 4, 2017.
There are many ways to get involved in the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef.
1. Come to a crochet circle:
At the UCSC main campus:
Tuesday, January 24, 7:30-9:30 pm, Rachel Carson College, Red Room
Tuesday, January 31, 7:30-9:30 pm, Stevenson College, Silverman Conference Room
Tuesday, February 7, 7:30-9:30 pm, Location TBA
Wednesday, February 15, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30-9:30 pm, Rachel Carson College, Red Room
Wednesday, February 22, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Tuesday, February 28, 7:30-9:30 pm, Stevenson College, Silverman Conference Room
Wednesday, March 1, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Tuesday, March 7, 7:30-9:30 pm, Location TBA
Wednesday, March 8, 5-8 pm, Porter College, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
At the Seymour Marine Discover Center:
Friday, February 3, 2-4 pm
Friday, March 3, 2-4 pm
Friday, April 7, 2-4 pm
2. Crochet on your own or with your own groups and drop off or mail in the results (SUBMISSION FORM HERE):
Drop off 9-5 pm, Monday through Friday:
Institute of the Arts and Sciences
UC Santa Cruz
Digital Arts Research Center RM 204 (Drop off box available)
Institute of the Arts and Sciences
UC Santa Cruz MS: Porter
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
3. Contact us to organize more crochet circles and outreach:
About the Crochet Coral Reef
Started in 2005 by sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, the Crochet Coral Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, and community art practice. Through a process of collective creativity, the project responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash by highlighting not only the damage humans do to the earth's ecology, but also our power for positive action. The Crochet Coral Reef collection has been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), the Hayward Gallery (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC). The project’s Satellite Reef program has engaged thousands of people from all walks of life in more than a dozen countries. The Crochet Coral Reef is one of the largest participatory science + art projects in the world.
About the Institute For Figuring
The Institute For Figuring is a non-profit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. Co-founded by science writer Margaret Wertheim and her sister Christine Wertheim, a member of the Critical Studies faculty at California Institute of the Arts, the IFF specializes in creating participatory projects in which communities build large-scale artworks inspired by discoveries and techniques stemming from scientific and mathematical research.
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, California
Hours: Tuesday- Sunday, 10-5 pm
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a self supporting part of UC Santa Cruz, dedicated to educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world’s oceans.
The exhibition is being collaboratively produced by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery.
The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is part of UC Santa Cruz’s Arts Division. It is an interdisciplinary programming unit, which creates public exhibitions, public events, publications, and collaborations with faculty and students, aligning with UCSC’s teaching and research.